Really, these are books that everyone is excited about. And I realized that most of these are the final installments of trilogies. I love stand alones, but somehow I keep getting sucked into these trilogies!
Clockwork Princess March 19 Cassandra Clare
I loved the Mortal Instruments Series, but I will admit, I think I am falling more in love with the Infernal Devices. For those of you who don’t know about these books (and where have you been?!), they are about Shadowhunters, which are humans descended from angels who battle demons. This series is set in Victorian London and has steampunk elements like automatons. That right there should entice you to read. London! Steampunk! Romance and swords and angst! That’s the way to this girl’s heart.
Shades of Earth January 15 Beth Revis
Across the Universe was a book recommended by a student for our school book club. I’m the sponsor, and my more dedicated members of the club often research books looking for interesting new releases. We voted on and chose AtU, and I loved it. The series is about Amy, who was cryogenically frozen and loaded onto a spaceship, and Elder, who is training to be the next leader. They are on their way to colonize a new planet. But Amy is woken up before they get there, and someone is killing the frozen human cargo, and the whole thing just goes downhill for them (but totally awesome for the reader) from there.
I loved Amy and Elder and was immediately sucked into their story. Then A Million Suns came out, and I think I enjoyed that one even more. Now I am eagerly awaiting the release of Shades of Earth. There are a lot of ends to tie up, and I’m very interested in seeing how Revis brings this series to a close. I’m pretty sure it’s going to be explosive.
The Moon and More June 4 Sarah Dessen
I love Sarah Dessen. I will admit, up until two years ago, I’d never read any of her books. But one of my students was a huge fan, and she went on and on about how I needed to read Dessen’s books. I was going to get around to it eventually, but I just hadn’t yet. Then I went to ALA in New Orleans, and Dessen was there signing. I bought three, got them signed, and then devoured each one in one sitting. There’s just something about Dessen’s writing that draws me in. The characters are real and the writing is solid and the stories are so addictive that once I start one of her books, I don’t stop until I’ve read it in its entirety. So I’m really looking forward to this new story. Summer romance and the beach? I’m in!
Seige and Storm 2013 Leigh Bardugo
I pre-ordered Shadow and Bone because of the buzz on Twitter. And the cover. Isn’t it gorgeous? I ordered it from Books of Wonder, so I have a shiny signed copy as well as a poster and buttons and I was happy dancing when they all arrived. And then I read that book in one sitting. Notice a pattern? Shadow and Bone is about Alina, who discovers she has the power of the sun and must figure out how to use that power to help her world. And there’s kissing, so that’s a bonus. I have always loved Russian literature, so I loved that this had a very Russian feel to the fantasy world. Alina is such a strong character, and I have to admit, I have a crush on both Mal and the Darkling. Oh the angst!
Divergent finale (Not titled yet) Fall 2013 Veronica Roth
There was so much buzz around Divergent before it even came out that it was one of the books I was most excited about picking up at ALA in New Orleans. I fell in love with dystopian literature in high school, devouring books such as Fahrenheit 451 and 1984. And Divergent didn’t disappoint. Set in a future Chicago, five factions work to solve the world’s problems according to their beliefs in what those problems are and how they should be solved. Tris chooses the Dauntless faction over her family (Abnegation), then (spoiler alert) uncovers a plot by her new faction to destroy her old one. She has to decide what family and faction mean while not getting killed and saving those she loves. And I didn’t even mention Four, who is such a great character – smart and sexy and broken. And Divergent is so much better than that summary!
So of course I ran out and got Insurgent the day it came out, and of course the ending of that book made me scream in frustration that Roth wasn’t an autobot and had to sleep and stuff because I needed the next book as soon as I had finished Insurgent! Ahem. But now I have waited patiently and will have to wait a little longer than I thought since the book won’t be released until the fall. But I’m willing to wait, albeit impatiently, because we all know that great books can take a while. And I’m anticipating this one will be phenomenal.
Requiem Spring 2013 Lauren Oliver
Lauren Oliver is a fantastic writer. I’ve read Before I Fall several times and loved Delirium, which is set in a world where love is a disease and they have found a cure. Ingenious, right? But then Lena meets Alex, and she decides she might not want to be cured after all.